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“My Mother's Day hike” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kilauea Iki Trail

Kilauea Iki Trail
Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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Owner description: A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
tucson az
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“My Mother's Day hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

What did you do for Mother's Day? I hiked a lava lake. It was awesome! This is moderate hike, about 4 miles long. Kilauea Iki (Little Kilauea) is a small caldera located next to the much larger and still active Kilauea. It last erupted in 1959. It has hills of lava, bubbles of lava, steam vents and pretty much looks like you are walking on the surface of the moon, yet you will see ferns and flowering plants along the way that add a fragile beauty. If you are in Volcano it is well worth the 1 1/2 to 2 hours it takes to hike it.
1. Start early. It gets very warm as the heat of the afternoon reflects off the black lava.
2. Take at least a liter of water per person, more if you get a late start.
3. Wear closed toe shoes or hiking sandals. Lava can be sharp.
4. Wear a hat and sunscreen.
5. Take a snack or lunch. We ate on a hill at the eruption site.
6. If you want a gradual descent and stairs coming back out turn clockwise at the top. Reverse it and you take the stars down.
7. Take your time and enjoy. Look around and up when you are at the bottom. You are hiking a LAVA LAKE! Amazing.

Visited May 2013
3 Thank krlynn
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New York City, New York
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“Short Hike, but great experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

When we visited Vocano area, the weather was not that good... Rainy and foggy... But, this Kilauea Iki Trail was amazing. From the top, we could not see the whole crater, but when we got down there, we could see an amazing view. We were in the middle of a holy place. On the floor, the steam is still coming out. The floor is not just a bottom floor with some cracks. It seems a pile of small plates. My son was pleased when he found many "crevasse". Highly recommend this place.

Visited May 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Pretty Easy Hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

My husband hiked this trail early morning (7 am) we had the trail all to ourselves. It was a little foggy but perfect temperature. We purchased the booked that tells you info. about the trail, you can get this for couple of dollars from the start of the trail. We thoroughly enjoyed the hike, we feasted on some berries along the way.

Visited May 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
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“A reason for visiting the big island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

One of my main rasons for making a trip to the big island was to experience the Klauea Iki Trail. The trail is an impressive hike. The hike is about 1.5-2 hours and is an easy walk on a descending trail.
There are numerous places where you can enter. I highly suggest you do this trail if you make a trip to Volcano.
From what I grasp, the trail leads down to the ground of the crater and runs all the way across the countryside that graces the crater. It is a really bizarre hiking experience and worth ever moment of the walk.
I suggest that you always give yourself time during the hike to enjoy the gorgeous views and the volcanic landscape that created the Hawaiian islands over the years.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank GreenTeaHawaii
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Reno, Nevada
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“There's snow on that volcano”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We were here in march 2013 ...came in from Lake Tahoe area...and we had rain and the treat of seeing rim of volcano covered with snow. Hiked the whole crater and really loved the experience ...be prepared for changing weather and please bring water to drink...good tennis shoes will do the hike just fine...go to visitors center to watch film of the eruption very amazing.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Tahoenana
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